Some time ago I went to a ballet piece. It was about two years ago and was a compilation of a couple of freestyle pieces from some interesting artists. I liked that, because they could I believe better express themselves as if they would have a predefined script and would need to stand up to the specific expectations of the audience. If you’re going to the Swan Lake, then people simply expect the Swan Lake.
I sat on the balcony right next to a Korean girl, who didn’t want to bend over to see the performance and so she was left out of the whole thing. She gotten sleepy after ten minutes after start and she almost kipped off her seat and landed on the floor. When klapping her hands didn’t touch and she was overall acting like a statue. She left during the first break.
There was an old Viennese guy sitting infront of me. He was over eighty if I recall correctly. During the break he asked me where I was from and what I was doing in Vienna. I told him that I was a developer and that I like the city, it’s culture and also the people.
He gave me a priceless look. The look of someone who couldn’t believe his ears. “You think people here are good?” he asked me. I think they’re terrible. “They have a terrible attitude and they behave badly to each other” he added. I thought that it’s just the attitude of someone who’s lived through war and all the conflicts between people at that time.
I come from Slovakia and no one would admit that he was a communist now. The back stabbing people are the most silent. Everyone is against the right wing extremists now. Everyone hates the nazis now.
It’s this attitude of not admitting that we did something wrong and that we were the participants that makes us repeat history. That makes us look silly to the history books. The communists, the nazis, all the same. Brainwashing, guns, indoctrinating children.
But back to the Viennese Opera.
In the last years I’ve visited many cities and lived in four countries and I now know what the old guy was talking about. I have nothing against Vienna in general, but there is a large concentration of narcissists, elitists and people who you just can’t trust. Too many times did it happen to me here that people are too cold, that they treat you as property. I don’t blame the whole nation, I don’t blame the genes. I blame the environment, the schools, the parents, the mindset in which so many Austrians grow up and the specifics they cary in their heads.
A bad mindset:
If you lie to get what you want, it’s ok.
We’re better than anyone else.
Foreign influence is bad.
The social system is great. You all like paying 50% of your wage to the government.
If someone does a crime, the first thing to mention is where they come from. It’s the most important thing ever.
Smile even if you don’t mean it so.
Foreigners are the working class. Mozart is better on chocolate balls than in your ears.
Me myself I don’t like paying half of my income to the government. I don’t like the all seeing eye of the nanny state. I am someone who believes in innovation and that one needs to have an overview of the world.
To be honest I believe that in Bratislava you are able to get a better non partisan overview of international events and happenings than in Vienna. This is because they’re non selective and don’t bash foreign affairs than they do here.
Too many people are brainwashed again and I fear that they already have too much power.